Here on a stretch of beach in North Cove, Washington, my son and I head out to water's edge to dig. On this day of good clamming we had our limit of 15 razors each in about 30 minutes. Sometimes it may take an hour or more to limit and sometimes a limit is not to be had.
After spotting a "show" or small hole in the sand, it's time for quick action getting down a foot or so with a clam shovel or gun (the long metal cylinder) and pulling the clam out with the sand. They can move quickly deeper into the sand so practice makes a difference. And as their name implies their shells are thin, brittle and very sharp.
Our bounty for the day seen here in the kitchen sink is ready to be cleaned and eaten for supper. A light seasoning of salt and pepper and a quick saute' in butter, olive oil and garlic and these little morsels are a seafood lover's delight.
This coming weekend is a three day opening along the designated beaches, so grab your boots and shovel and get out there! Click here for the website with the latest information.